Ezekiel 3.20 describes when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered…
While the love of God should move us toward Him the wrath of God should cause us pause. We have heard much of the love of God. Most non church attendees can quote John 3.16 about God so loving the world that He sent His ONLY Son etc.
What we haven’t heard much about is the holiness of God, the righteousness of God, the judgment of God that will result in most people not living forever with Him in heaven and ultimately upon the new earth but rather living eternally in torment in hell.
Since the mid 1970’s when we started rewarding participation trophies to children, our society has increasingly rejected the idea of accountability. We preach inclusiveness, acceptance, and tolerance without any sort of performance requirements.
This philosophy has bled into the church to cause many to believe that all people will go to heaven no matter how they lived on earth because God loves everybody. God does love everybody, that is why He gave everybody an opportunity to escape the judgment to come.
God has no history of ignoring His requirements for humanity to obey Him. He destroyed the world once by flood, choosing to save eight people because of the evil people were doing. He destroyed His holy land displacing His people when their rebellion grew beyond His patience and pleadings over hundreds of years through His prophets warning Israel to obey their God.
He sacrificed His own Son Who pleaded for His life before being arrested in order to be crucified so that He could become the sacrifice necessary to be the Savior of the world. God promises another judgment day.
Those who are welcomed into God’s Kingdom are those who reconciled themselves to God through Jesus the Savior and lived faithfully in obedience to His commands.
It is those who are faithful to the end of their lives that God promises the reward of a place with Him in His eternal dwelling.
Having asked Jesus to be our Savior but failing to follow Him as Lord offers no guarantee of future acceptance by God Who has commanded we love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.